WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of six key metrics.
Washington, D.C. – In a report issued by WalletHub over the weekend on the now resolved federal government shutdown, Oklahoma was listed among the top 10 states most affected.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of six key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs and contracts to the percentage of children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Each metric was scored on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the biggest impact from the government shutdown.
The report placed Oklahoma 8th on the list with a total score of 45.65, with the District of Columbia holding first place for most affected (70.42) and Minnesota ranked last, as the least most affected (13.31).
Among the key metrics considered in the study on the impact of the government shutdown, Oklahoma ranked as follows:3rd - Percent of Children under CHIP 8th - Share of Federal Jobs 24th - Federal Contract Dollars Per Capita 30th - Small Business Lending Per Capita 34th - Access to National Parks
Read the full WalletHub report here.
A partisan fight regarding immigration curbed negotiations on the terms of a short-term government spending bill Friday, Jan. 20, initiating a federal shutdown on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration taking office.
The bill would have seen funding for the government through Feb. 8, but fell apart Jan. 19 when Senate Republicans and Democrats could not agree on including action for extending the protection of young immigrants brought to the U.S. currently covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The shutdown was the first since 2013 and the 19th since 1976.
Over the weekend nearly 800,000 of almost 2 million U.S. federal workers were informed they should not report to work Monday and were being placed on unpaid furlough as government functions designated as "non-essential" would be shuttered due to the shutdown.
Among major agencies such as the EPA, Health Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Defense Department worker furloughs varied based on service area and if there was access to utilize funds not provisioned by Congress.
Republicans and Democrats took to placing blame for the government halt, issuing statements Friday as the midnight shutdown was imminent.
Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma Dist. 2 Congressman:
“Certain members of Congress are so blinded by their hatred of President Donald Trump that they are willing to do anything to spite him.”
“Led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Democrats have decided to put their immigration policies ahead of Americans citizens in order to further their political agenda. It’s truly a shame that making such a political statement comes at the expense of our men and women in uniform and 9 million children who depend on CHIP.
"Quite frankly, I think it’s a disgrace to the people they represent that they’ve chosen politics over people—and over the government functions that their constituents pay for out of their own paycheck.
"Chuck and Nancy are bringing a fight to the table that doesn’t need to be at the table yet and I’m disgusted by their partisan antics that have put us in this current situation. We can only hope that they’re finally ready to tackle the issues at hand—starting with funding our government, our troops, and our children’s health care.”
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Tonight, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump earned an ‘F’ for failure in leadership.
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ obsession with passing a tax scam to benefit the wealthiest and corporations has blinded them to their responsibilities to the American people. Despite controlling the House, Senate and White House, the Republicans are so incompetent, so negligent that they couldn’t get it together to keep government open.
“President Trump said of President Obama at the time of the 2013 GOP Government Shutdown, ‘the problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top… The President is the leader, and he’s got to get everybody in a room and he’s got to lead.’
“Now as President, President Trump tweets that ‘our country needs a good shutdown.’ There is no such thing as a good shutdown of government. Republicans’ total inability to govern is once again threatening our economy, weakening communities, and dangerously depriving the military of the certainty they need to keep our nation safe.
“I am proud of House and Senate Democrats’ unity in insisting on a budget that supports our military and the domestic investments that keep our nation strong, and that honors our values by protecting the DREAMers.
“I hope that we can now conduct bipartisan negotiations where we find our common ground to honor our responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.”
Things in the Capitol took a turn Monday afternoon with the Senate voting 81-18 on the passage of the stop-gap spending package essentially ending the shutdown.
Meetings during the day yielded promises from Senate Republicans to Democrats to address DACA in the near term allowing the funding vote to move forward.
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